Australian News and Analysis

5000 strong ‘Save Our Rail’ rally in Newcastle

5000 strong ‘Save Our Rail’ rally in Newcastle

December 18, 2014 at 9:33 am

Around 5000 people attended a rally in Newcastle on Sunday December 14 calling for the Liberal state government to halt their plans to truncate the railway line at Wickham. By Socialist Party reporters Newcastle Despite newspaper polls consistently showing a majority of people opposed to ripping up the railway lines, […]

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Uni fee deregulation fight not over

Uni fee deregulation fight not over

December 12, 2014 at 12:49 pm

Late on Tuesday December 2, the Abbott government’s plan to deregulate HECS-HELP fees was defeated 33 to 31 in the Senate. This blow to the government was built on the back of huge public outcry and protest. By W. van Leeuwen, Socialist Party But sticking with the Abbott government’s contempt […]

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The Tunnel Picket: How we brought down the Victorian Liberal government

The Tunnel Picket: How we brought down the Victorian Liberal government

December 5, 2014 at 3:33 pm

By Socialist Party reporters, Melbourne It’s not often that socialists find agreement with Liberal Prime Minister Tony Abbott. However, when he described the 2014 Victorian State election as a “referendum” on the East West Toll Road, there was some truth in his words for possibly the first time in his […]

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Banks make record profits (again)

Banks make record profits (again)

November 25, 2014 at 1:27 pm

The big four Australian banks (ANZ, Westpac, National Australia Bank & Commonwealth Bank of Australia) reported a combined profit of just under $29 billion this year. These record profits are the biggest in the advanced capitalist world for the fourth year running. By Socialist Party reporters In the main these […]

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Invest to address social need and jobs

Invest to address social need and jobs

November 25, 2014 at 1:22 pm

The rate of unemployment in Australia has reached its highest level in more than a decade. Unemployment jumped to 6.1% in September, and with the more cuts slated in the public sector this number is set to rise further. By Toby Dite, Socialist Party The decline of the mining boom […]

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Action needed to end casualisation

Action needed to end casualisation

November 24, 2014 at 1:23 pm

The ACTU has launched a ‘renewed push’ to give casuals the right to convert to permanent status. After decades of silence, a widely-publicised 2012 ACTU “campaign was…sidelined as the ACTU focussed on other priorities” – a pro-ALP election campaign. With upwards of 40% of Australian workers in insecure jobs action […]

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Queensland: Say ‘NO’ to privatisation!

Queensland: Say ‘NO’ to privatisation!

November 19, 2014 at 10:04 am

The Liberal/National state government has said it plans to sell off more of Queensland’s public assets if it’s re-elected at next year’s state election. Electricity generators and networks, ports and water distribution services are all slated for privatisation. By Corey Snoek, Socialist Party Although with public opinion firmly against privatisation […]

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More wage theft uncovered at 7-Eleven

More wage theft uncovered at 7-Eleven

November 18, 2014 at 3:12 pm

A new class action lawsuit may help 7-Eleven workers regain hundreds of thousands of dollars in stolen wages. The stolen wages scam was first uncovered by UNITE – the fighting union for fast food and retail workers in Victoria during 2008. It operates whereby franchisees doctor their books to pay […]

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Vic: People disillusioned with the major parties

Vic: People disillusioned with the major parties

November 14, 2014 at 9:48 am

The stench of political death emanates from the Liberal-National coalition government as it faces likely defeat at the November 29 Victorian state election. By Stephen Jolly, Socialist Party A scandal on the last day of parliament involving the secret distribution of porn from the Premier’s office was symbolic of the […]

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WA: Stop deaths in custody

WA: Stop deaths in custody

November 13, 2014 at 11:11 am

Julieka Dhu, a young aboriginal woman, was arrested on August 2 in South Headland for owing unpaid fines of about $1,000. In police custody she complained of feeling unwell. She was twice taken to the Hedland Health Campus where she was deemed by medical staff to be fit to return […]

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